Picks and Pans Review: Rainbow

updated 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

Johnny Cash

In person, Cash can be a dull performer, going through the motions on all of his old hits, with his mind seemingly far away. Yet his records always seem fresh and full of surprises. This one is typical. It includes a couple of Kris Kristofferson songs, including the recent Here Comes That Rainbow Again. There's the old Creedence Clearwater hit Have You Ever Seen the Rain? and a tune about unwed fathers by Bobby Braddock and John Prine. Cash also resurrected an old song he wrote 20 years ago when he and Waylon Jennings were roommates, You Beat All I Ever Saw. He adds a happy expression of world weariness, I'm Leaving Now. Cash's voice, which seems to age as gracefully as a piece of good leather, is alive with the nuances of these songs, which make for an entertaining half hour of country pop music. (Columbia)

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